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Religious belief and the rule of law

September 11, 2015
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Andrew P. Napolitano LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano  

"Kentucky law requires that applicants for marriage licenses be unmarried, residents of Kentucky and at least 18 years of age. As a county clerk, [Kim] Davis cannot add to these requirements another requirement -- namely, that the applicants be of the opposite sex. She cannot do that because the Supreme Court has ruled that marriage is a fundamental liberty, the exercise of which is protected by the Constitution, and within that liberty is the right to choose a same-sex marriage mate, uninterfered with by the state. By adding her own requirement and using the force of law to enforce that requirement, she is frustrating the ruling of the Supreme Court, interfering with the fundamental liberties of marriage applicants, and violating her oath to uphold the Constitution, the final interpreter of which is the Supreme Court." (09/10/15)

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Be careful what you wish for in the “Kim Davis” case

September 10, 2015
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Town Hall
by Bob Barr  

"Imagine waking up to the news that a Quaker county sheriff is denying concealed carry permits to citizens because of his religious objection to violence; or, a Muslim DMV supervisor in Dearborn, Michigan has ordered his staff to refuse to issue driver's licenses to women out of a religious objection to women behind the wheel. These are among the realities that await should we make Kim Davis, the embattled County Clerk from Rowan County, Kentucky, an archetype for 'religious freedom' in America." (09/09/15)

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Kim Davis has no right to impose her view of marriage on others.

September 10, 2015
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"When the ACLU of Colorado likened a baker who won't supply cakes for gay weddings to a police officer who refuses to protect a church or synagogue, it blurred the distinction between private action and state action, which is vital to a free society. Conservatives who defend Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who last week went to jail rather than issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, are making the same mistake." (09/09/15)

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Kim Davis not quite the martyr she intended io be

September 9, 2015
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Our Future
by Terrance Heath  

"Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, seemed set to become a full-fledged right-wing martyr/saint. Then a funny thing happened on the way to her canonization. Last week, Davis was jailed for contempt of court. She not only refused to follow a federal court order to issue licenses to same-sex couples after the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodge , but forbade her deputies to issue licenses to same-sex couples. Davis wasn’t satisfied with merely bringing her religious beliefs in the workplace. She demanded that everyone who worked under her had to follow her religious beliefs too." (09/9/15)

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Kim Davis: Shipwreck of religious liberty

September 9, 2015
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Rod Dreher The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher  

"She comes out of jail with that cheesy 1980s song 'Eye of the Tiger' playing, and mounts the stage, holding hands with Huck, and giving God the glory. Now, religious liberty -- our most precious freedom -- is associated in the mind of the public with ersatz culture-war pageantry orchestrated by a cynical Republican presidential candidate. I thought Ted Cruz's turning up at the Middle Eastern bishops meeting and bashing them was the most cynical move I had ever seen by a Christian Right politician, but Huckabee may have bested that." (09/09/15)

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KY: Davis released from jail, ordered not to interfere with same-sex marriage licenses

September 9, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has been released from jail, five days after she was held in contempt by a federal judge amid an escalating standoff over marriage licenses. Davis was jailed at the Carter County Detention Center on Thursday after she refused to issue licenses to same-sex couples. The following day, her deputies began issuing the documents in her absence. As a condition of her release on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Davis not to interfere with the issuing of marriage licenses by her office." (09/08/15)

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Kim Davis: Criminal or conscientious objector?

September 8, 2015
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spiked spiked
by Sean Collins  

"There is no reason not to take Davis at her word when she says she has a genuine religious objection to same-sex marriage. But the idea that government officials may choose which laws to obey is untenable. We wouldn't accept a Muslim denying driving licenses to women, or a Quaker refusing gun permits. Davis clearly broke the law when she blocked people from obtaining marriage licenses, and therefore it is right that the courts ruled against her." (09

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KY: Davis askes governor to free her and make “accommodation”

September 8, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who's refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, on Monday asked the Kentucky governor to immediately free her from jail, according to court documents obtained by CNN. 'We would like them to release her from jail and provide reasonable, sensible accommodation so she can do her job,' one of her lawyers, Horatio Mihet, said in a statement. 'That would be taking her name off of marriage licenses in Rowan County and allowing her deputies to issue the licenses.'" (09/07/15)

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KY: Kim Davis jailed on contempt charges until she agrees to do her job

September 4, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Kim Davis, the defiant Kentucky county clerk, was found in contempt of court and taken into federal custody. U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning ordered Davis, the Rowan County clerk, to be jailed on the contempt charges until she agrees to comply with multiple court orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The judge ordered her held indefinitely because he did not believe fines would be enough to compel her to follow the law. Davis, an elected official, has argued that she should be exempt from following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges because she objects to same-sex marriage for religious beliefs." (09/03/15)

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Religious liberty: Some unsolicited career advice for Kim Davis

September 2, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Religious liberty is an important thing. Important enough, I think, that we shouldn't willfully twist its meaning. No, religious liberty does not entitle Kim Davis to a continuing government position with a very nice paycheck for declining to do the job she was elected to do and promised to do. Kim Davis is not a martyr for religious freedom. She's a layabout, a no-show, collecting a paycheck for work she refuses to do." (09/01/15)

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KY: Even SCOTUS can’t get Rowan County clerk to do her job

September 1, 2015
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Charlotte Observer    

"Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis told two couples who asked for marriage licenses early Tuesday that she would not issue them, despite a federal court injunction ordering her to do so. ... Davis has refused to issue any marriage licenses in Rowan Counth since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in June. U.S. District Judge David Bunning has ordered her to resume, an order she unsuccessfully appealed to the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and, over the weekend, to the Supreme Court. ... Having reached the end of the road, legally, Davis could face contempt charges if she disobeys Bunning's order. Simultaneously, Attorney General Jack Conway is weighing a request from Rowan County Attorney Cecil Watkins, who wants a special prosecutor appointed to decide if Davis should be charged with official misconduct for failing to perform her public duties." (09/01/15)

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KY: Rowan County clerk continues collecting paycheck, continues refusing to do job

August 28, 2015
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Lexington Herald Leader    

"Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis continued to withhold marriage licenses from local residents on Thursday, a day after a federal appeals court upheld an order telling her to end her protest. James Yates and William Smith Jr. were turned away by a deputy clerk in Davis' office Thursday morning when they asked for a marriage license. The deputy told the men Davis believes she can legally withhold marriage licenses until Aug. 31, next Monday, under an order issued earlier this month by U.S. District Judge David Bunning. ... On Wednesday, the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied Davis' request to stay a preliminary injunction from Bunning ordering her to resume issuing marriage licenses, despite her religious opposition to same-sex marriage. But there is some confusion as to whether Davis was in contempt Thursday, because Bunning did agree to temporarily delay his injunction until Aug. 31, to give her time to appeal." (08/27/15)

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KY: Rowan County bureaucrats continue collecting paychecks while refusing to do jobs

August 13, 2015
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Reuters    

"A Kentucky county clerk’s office on Thursday defied a federal judge's order by continuing to block marriage licenses for same-sex couples, saying the legal case was still pending. Local media also reported that the Rowan County clerk's office turned away two same-sex couples who tried to get marriage licenses. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is on vacation, but Nathan Davis, a relative who also works at the clerk's office, told Reuters the office was not currently taking licenses because of the active litigation. He declined to comment further." (08/13/15)

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Euro court: Italy’s gay marriage ban “breaches human rights”

July 21, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"A European court ruled Tuesday that Italy breached the human rights of three gay couples by refusing them marriage or any other recognised form of union. 'The legal protection currently available to same-sex couples in Italy ... did not only fail to provide for the core needs relevant to a couple in a stable committed relationship, but it was also not sufficiently reliable,' the European Court of Human Rights said in its judgement. Italy is alone among major western European states in having no provisions for the official recognition of homosexual couples. Draft legislation that would authorise civil unions for them is currently blocked in the Senate." (07/21/15)

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Santorum: Court ruling proves me right about “man on dog”

July 7, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Two-time presidential candidate and former U.S. senator Rick Santorum is perhaps best-known for two things: an unfortunate Internet neologism that made his name synonymous with a byproduct of anal sex; and his bizarre comments about 'man on dog' relationships. Santorum, who'’s running again for the Republican presidential nomination ... thinks he was vindicated in his warning against bestiality, reports Right Wing Watch. He first made the comparison in 2003, shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state bans on sodomy, saying such laws against consensual sex were necessary to prevent non-consensual sex." [editor's note: As I've said before, Dumbass, show me a dog who can legibly sign a marriage license AND prove "consent;" or admit that you have no problem with human non-consensual sex! - SAT] (07/07/15)

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TX: County clerk changes mind, decides to do her job after couple sues

July 6, 2015
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Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"A gay couple has received a marriage license after filing a federal lawsuit against a North Texas county clerk who previously cited her religious opposition to gay marriage in denying the license. Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton filed the lawsuit Monday against Hood County Clerk Katie Lang, saying they repeatedly had been turned away when trying to obtain a license last week. The couple was quickly granted a license later in the morning in Granbury, the county seat." (07/06/15)

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Bridging the sanctity of marriage and marriage equality

July 2, 2015
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Everything Voluntary Everything Voluntary
by Kenny Kelly  

"If marriage is sacred, then the sanctity of marriage can only be respected if it only involves the legally-consenting adult partners being married. May it be a man and woman, two men, two women, multiple partners, or what have you. By getting government involved, one is violating the sanctity of marriage. If equality is the goal of the other side, then the marriage license mandates must likewise be opposed. Without such laws there would be no government to ban marriage or to beg for permission thereof." (07/02/15)

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Is polygamy on the right side of history?

July 2, 2015
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National Review
by Charles CW Cooke  

"It should by now be abundantly clear that the laziest cases against the inevitability of polygamy are starting to push up the daisies. Before Justice Kennedy decided to appoint himself the nation's most cherished arbiter of dark magic and inscrutable liberty, it was sufficient for the champions of matrimonial transformation to wave their hands and to cast their inquisitors as madmen. 'Nobody is talking about multiple marriage,' they would scoff. 'And even if they were, the people wouldn't stand for it.' Today, in the first week of the Age of Substantive Due Process, neither of these rejoinders will fly. It is not just that we are now moving with such speed that what 'nobody is talking about' yesterday becomes our deafening conversation by the next -- although, increasingly, we are -- it is that what the majority wants has been set aside. Had the Supreme Court elected to find a narrow right to gay marriage within the Constitution's text, the 'polygamy couldn't happen brigade' might have a leg to stand on. It didn't. They don't." (07/01/15)

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The conservative split on the meaning of marriage

July 2, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Emma Green  

"Undoubtedly, Obergefell was a victory for the left, but it also represents a split in the conservative understanding of marriage. Social conservatives have long cheered the institution as essential to a stable society, because it is the foundation of families. But over time, explaining why those families need to involve both a mom and a dad in purely secular terms has become more complicated. 'It turns out, when you take God out of the equation, you have a great deal of difficult stating any very good secular reasons for denying same-sex couples the right to marry,' Graber said." (07/01/15)

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LA: Lawsuit challenges Jindal’s executive order that religious government employees don’t have to do their jobs

July 1, 2015
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San Jose Mercury News    

"Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's executive order that aims to give special protections to people who oppose same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and should be thrown out, gay rights advocates argue in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Louisiana, the Forum for Equality Foundation and six New Orleans residents lodged their challenge of the governor's May 19 order in state court in Baton Rouge. ... Jindal's top lawyer referenced the order in a legal memo as licenses began being issued, saying officials who object to same-sex marriage on religious grounds don't have to officiate at such weddings or approve the licenses." (06/30/15)

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Marriage equality: Don’t let the good become the enemy of the perfect

June 30, 2015
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Cory Massimino Center for a Stateless Society
by Cory Massimino  

"It's about damn time. The rest of the United States finally caught up to the libertarians on June 26 when the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. It only took 43 years but it looks like the authoritarian right is losing influence, as young people grow increasingly skeptical of power structures. Let's celebrate this victory accordingly and appreciate the justice achieved by so many Americans who can now marry. But let's not allow the good to become the enemy of the perfect." (06/30/15)

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Polygamy is NOT the new monogamy

June 30, 2015
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Bleeding Heart Libertarians Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Lauren Hall  

"Christopher Freiman thinks it might be time to legalize polygamy now that same-sex marriage is a legally protected right nation-wide. I'm not so sure. Freiman's main contention is that 'all of the standard objections to polygamous marriage can apply to heterosexual monogamous marriage as well.' This is true in a sense, but only if your objections are so broad as to be almost meaningless." (06/30/15)

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SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality raises new question

June 30, 2015
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Darryl W Perry Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry  

"Fundamental rights are not something that should be regulated or licensed. But what exactly are fundamental rights? It could be argued that the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness are the fundamental rights, and they are the ones specified in the Declaration of Independence. I would expound to say that anything that is does not cause a real victim is a fundamental right." [text, Flash audio or MP3] (06/28/15)

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The Supreme Court didn’t give us the right to marry (neither did the politicians and their hangers-on)

June 30, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Andy Thayer  

"For many years now, marriage rights has polled as the #1 issue of concern in the LGBT community, yet it was only after that that the parasitical, national NGO groups started to push the issue (after the Democratic Party said it was okay to do so). ... many of the early court decisions for equal marriage rights came from Republican justices, no shit. The Dems were petrified of taking any stance on the issue, seeing it as a 'loser.' Country club Republicans, on the other hand, had more freedom. It was an 'only Nixon can go to China' moment." (06/29/15)

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Indeed, why not polygamy?

June 29, 2015
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Bleeding Heart Libertarians Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Christopher Freiman  

"Is it time to grant polygamous marriages the same legal recognition as monogamous marriages? I think it is and here's why: all of the standard objections to polygamous marriage can apply to heterosexual monogamous marriage as well." (06/29/15)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2015/06/why-not-polygamy/  

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